Saturday, September 22, 2012

Celebration Day Premier

The Led Zeppelin's, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, held a preview press screening of Celebration Day in London yesterday, and afterwards held a 34 minute presser. As well, they released information on the various formats that Celebration Day will be available when it's released in November.

Here's the press conference:

Celebration Day will be released in DVD/Bluray, CD and digital download on November 19th. The formats are:

2 CD Softpak
Deluxe Edition 2CD + 2 DVD
2 CD + 1 DVD
2 CD + 1 Blu-Ray
2 Cd + 1 DVD + 1 Blu-Ray
Blu-Ray Audio
Digital audio download

As well, a 3 LP Vinyl Packagewill be released on February 5th.

All items can be pre-ordered through Led, or, of course, you can click on the links above.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Return of Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

While Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience dates for Chile and Australia were cancelled last month, his California and Nevada dates in October are still a go.

However, it looks like The Experience will, once again, expand their California shows to include many more cities. the-dadCurrently, dates for Napa Valley, Reno, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Indio, San Francisco and Sacramento are listed as scheduled. He did have a Westbury, New York date scheduled for November 9th but, while it has disappeared from his website, tickets are currently on sale for that show. It appears you can also add Pittsburgh to the itinerary.

Anthony Grisolla, a poster on the mailing group For Badgeholders Only, heard an ad for a show in Pittsburgh on November 17th, at Carnegie Library Music Hall. A customer service representative told Anthony that tickets would go on-sale Friday.

From the 9th to 17th is a little more than a week, surely there must be more. In the past, JBLZE has done about three weeks of shows in the Northeast.

If you hear of a show in your area, let me know so I can fill in the tour dates.

Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience known dates:

October 5th: Napa Valley, CA
October 6th: Reno, NV
October 11th: Los Angeles
October 12th: Las Vegas
October 13th: Indio, CA
October 14th: San Francisco
October 16th: Sacramento

Nov 9th: Westbury, NY
November 10: Philadelphia
November 11: York, Pennsylvania
November 12: Niagara Falls, NY
November 14: Port Chester, New York
November 15: Montclair, New Jersey
November 16: Wilmington, Delaware
November 17th, Pittsburgh, PA
November 19: Royal Oak, Michigan
November 20: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Update: A number of dates were added. The performances above in bold are newly added to the itinerary.

Black Dog Video

From the upcoming Celebration Day movie and DVD/Bluray

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Country Communion

With 6 weeks to go until Afterglow is released, Black Country Communion has made the first single, Confessor, available. To get a free download of Confessor, go here, and give your email address.

A video of Confessor was also made available:

Here's the artwork for Afterglow


Afterglow Track List:

1. Big Train
2. This Is Your Time
3. Midnight Sun
4. Confessor
5. Cry Freedom
6. Afterglow
7. Dandelion
8. The Circle
9. Common Man
10. The Giver
11. Crawl

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rock and Roll

John Paul Jones stepped on stage at the Sunflower Jam at the Royal Albert Hall in London this weekend. Joining Jones et. al., was the guy who gave Robert Plant his first hit in the classical charts, Alfie Boe. This time, Alfie got to play rock star, and seemed to love it.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A New Bonham

Congratulations to Zoe Bonham on the birth of her daughter yesterday:
Congratulations to my sister Zoe and her partner Adrian, on the birth of their little girl, born 9-13-12. 8lbs, 1oz.

Zoe is daughter to John and Pat Bonham, Jason Bonham's sister, and an accomplished and critically acclaimed singer and songwriter in her own right. As well, Bonham is a DJ of some note.

Congratulations to mom and dad, and good luck to the youngest Bonham.

Celebration Day Trailer

In all the fuss yesterday, I forgot to post the official trailer for Celebration Day. Do turn it up and do watch it in full screen.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Celebration Day Cinema Listings

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Celebration Day

Audio And Video From Legendary 2007 Concert
To Be Available In Multiple Configurations On November 19

314275_10152082455220276_1350235277_nConcert Slated For Global Theatrical Release On October 17

(Los Angeles, Sept. 13, 2012) – On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway To Heaven.”

Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band’s first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.

The film of Celebration Day will see a worldwide theatrical release by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17. The theatrical screenings will follow premieres in London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities. Tickets for the public screenings will be available on September 13 via

Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records. Specific product details will be announced soon.

From Led

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Led Zeppelin to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors are among the most prestigious arts award in America. Kennedy Honor recipients are recognized for heir lifetime contribution to American culture through art.

kennedy-center-addressThe 2012 recipients include Led Zeppelin, being honored as a band as well as each living original member: Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant.

The honorees will be presented with their Kennedy Center Honors Medallion on Saturday December 1st.

The next night, Dec 2nd, the annual honors gala at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The honorees will be presented to the President and Mrs. Obama at the White House prior to the gala. The gala will be broadcast as a 2-hour primetime special on CBS on Dec 26th at 9:00PM.

Honorees don't normally perform at the gala and there is no expectation that Led Zeppelin will reunite for the occasion (this is not aisle 6 of Swapper Jack's).

From the Kennedy Center webpage:
Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."

The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year, and its broadcast on CBS is a high point of the television season. On Sunday, December 2, in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, the 2012 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

The President and Mrs. Obama will receive the Honorees and members of the Artists Committee who nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House prior to the gala performance. The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a supper dance in the Grand Foyer.

The Kennedy Center Honors medallions will be presented on Saturday, December 1, the night before the gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 35th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Wednesday, December 26 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)...

The Honors recipients recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts-whether in music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television-are selected by the Center's Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; the selection process, over the years, has produced balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Past Honors recipients, as well as members of the Kennedy Center's national artists committee, made recommendations of possible 2012 Honorees. Artists making recommendations included: Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, Stephen Colbert, Renée Fleming, Kris Kristofferson, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Mark Morris, Lionel Richie, Frederica von Stade. Previous Kennedy Center Honorees, including Edward Albee, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, and Oprah Winfrey, also made nominations.

Other 2012 honorees are blues guitarist Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, television host David Letterman and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

Led Zeppelin live at Cineplex Odeon

ledzepenfrIt appears Led Zeppelin is lining up with Cineplex Odeon theatres for Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day. Here's the synopsis from Cineplex's website:

On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two--- hour---plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues---infused rock ’n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalogue including landmark tracks “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway To Heaven.” Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band’s first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery. Now, for the first time, fans in over 40 territories worldwide will be able to get a front row seat to experience this historic event in glorious high definition and incredible surround sound. Experience it on the big screen for a strictly limited period only.

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This will likely be officially announced tomorrow with the announcement of the DVD.

Two days are being listed in Canada, Wednesday October 17th and Thursday October 25th. Check your local theatre for ticket information or go to and search your location.


Update, this theatrical release is confirmed with my local theatre. Link added.

And another: It hadn't occurred to me, but is the picture at  top, which was at the Cineplex Odeon website, the DVD cover?

Afterglow - The Video and the Preorder

Black Country Communion's third studio album, Afterglow, is now available for pre-order through the Black Country Communion website.

As well, the band released an "in the studio" video yesterday called AFTERGLOW Webisode 1:

Meanwhile, Glenn Hughes seems to be backing away from comments he made last month that this could be Black Country Communion's last album. In an interview, Hughes said that without a deeper level of commitment from guitarist Joe Bonamassa, who also has a successful solo career, perhaps it was time to move on.

Today on twitter, Hughes backed away from that statement:

Peeps~BCC is not splitting up~we have a new album comin'~hey I get a lil sensitive with the media...and controversy makes for good copy..GH

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

O2 DVD Announcement Coming

The countdown is on. With a '5' in the traditional Houses of the Holy font appearing on their Facebook page Saturday, Led Zeppelin announced something was up. Sunday was 'four', Led Zeppelin 4 style, and yesterday a 'III', ala the third album. So what of today? You guessed it, brown bomber style:


What can it all mean? Jeff Strawman has a good accounting of the possible theories, only one of which makes any sense whatsoever: the O2 DVD/Bluray will see commercial release.

blast-offThere is no surprise here as it was talked about heavily last year, and then died suddenly on the vine. Rumours of it being issued this year  began a few months ago, and last week was seemingly confirmed by a Belgium radio station. That post was taken down after a day, suggesting not necessarily inaccuracy, but that the original post was premature. And so it seems it is.

Early this morning, the Sun newspaper in the UK reported that the O2 DVD/Bluray is being released on November 22nd.

As well, over the last 2 days, video has been appearing on the Facebook page and the band's official YouTube page. Here's today's:

As for the countdown, know that five years ago on day zero, September 13, the band announced the reunion show. Seriously, it's a CD/DVD/Bluray and nothing else.

Gentleman (and ladies), start your Christmas list.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

November Release?

A radio station blog out of Belgium, Classic 21, is reporting this morning that Led Zeppelin will release a DVD and CD of their 162_9108650567_1862_nDecember 2007 performance at the O2 arena in London. Here is a translation of the main body of the post:
The famous Led Zeppelin concert in London at the O2 Arena in 2007 double DVD released in November.

According to Warner Music , a double DVD, accompanied by two CDs, the resume legendary concert which took place in 2007 at the 02 Arena, where 9 million people had tried to buy 18,000 tickets available.

No complete set had been given since 1979. Among the crowd, there were Paul McCartney, Noel and Liam Gallagher, David Gilmour, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Moss and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters.

Note that Classic 21 is saying it will be a double DVD/Bluray and a CD release as well - presumably a vinyl issue will be in the mix as well.

A representative from Robert Plant's management office couldn't confirm the release and queries to Warner Brothers, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones representatives have so far been unanswered.

As of now, this is strictly a rumour.

Classic 21 is one of Belgium's largest radio stations, formerly part of the Belgium public radio network RTBF (Belgian Radio and Television of the French Community). It is the largest chain of radio traffic in French speaking Belgium and is listened to widely in the north of France.

I will update this story as more information emerges.

Update: a change has been made removing writing credit for the Classic 21 post as it may have been inaccurate. The original post is, in fact, unsigned,

Update 2: From the comments:
The article seems to have been removed altogether from Classic 21’s site…unfortunate..